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Job Description:

The Associate Director/Director role is within the Program and Portfolio Management group at Vertex and functions as a Global Program Manager for clinical stage programs in cystic fibrosis or other Vertex disease areas. This position will work in partnership with the project leads to provide strategic and operational leadership of program development activities.   This will include enabling high performing cross-functional teams to develop and execute upon global, integrated development plans and program strategies, while ensuring alignment through senior management and corporate goals. The individual is expected to ensure communication of program status, timelines, updates, key decisions, risks and scenarios to all key stakeholders. The position will report to a Disease Strategy Portfolio Manager (Senior Director) within Program and Portfolio Management.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage a cross-functional drug development Project Team to deliver on program strategies
  • Drive the generation and execution of cross-functional development plans
  • Generate and maintain integrated project plans (IPP) that serve as a single source of cross functional inter-dependencies
  • Challenge team to think about and anticipate risks, proactively manage risks and develop mitigation strategies
  • Ensure effective communication within teams, across functions, through sub-teams, and to key stakeholders throughout the organization, including senior management
  • Drive adherence to the Vertex Drug Development and governance processes, including delivery of timely and quality Project Team and/or sub-team deliverables
  • Lead and/or participate in special department, cross-functional, or team projects
  • Develop & maintain high performing teams
  • Facilitate resource planning, financial, and capacity assessments
  • Coordinate activities with external business partners and alliances, where applicable; contribute to achieving partnership contract deliverables


  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or a relevant field
  • Eight to ten years industry experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare related field
  • Three (3) years experience managing and/or leading cross-functional drug development teams
  • Drug Development knowledge with basic to strong understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include:  Research, Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical, Manufacturing & Operations, and Regulatory
  • Utilization of Project Management tools, practices, and infrastructure, as related to the Biopharmaceutical Industry
  • Familiarity with the Project Management principles, practices, and technology

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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